There are many subjects that Bronco fans love to talk about.
Topics such as the blue turf of Bronco Stadium, two Fiesta Bowl wins, the long tradition of high quality football at many levels, their excellent coach and a brand new football complex that is getting ready to open.
They also love to speak about another double-digit win total last season and one more bowl game victory. You can also hear them brag about the numerous former Broncos in the NFL and what looks to be a great television deal with ESPN to broadcast all of their home games coming soon.
However, those same fans have a list of things they don't like waste words on. It is a short list, and it can be summed up with one word. Or, rather, one position.
The title of kicker has been a frustrating experience for Boise State in recent years. Last season however, senior Michael Frisina did some things that helped repair the heart-breaking memories of recent seasons past. His winning field goal against Washington in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas was a welcomed relief by all of Bronco Nation.
But, fast forward just three months and spring camp starts for Boise State with a huge question.
Will the Broncos have a solid field-goal kicker in 2013?
The position battle this spring will come down to three guys.
Redshirt junior Dan Goodale and junior college transfer Tyler Rausa are probably the top prospects to keep an eye on this spring. Redshirt freshman Sean Wale, who is listed as a punter on the roster, is also a decent field-goal guy, but has to be third right now on the list.
Goodale does have the advantage over the other kickers on the roster in that he has been a Bronco since 2010. He was a redshirt that season, but then got a decent amount of playing time in 2011.
He was 50 of 56 on PATs in 2011, according to BroncoSports.com, but missed two of his five field-goal attempts.
Last season Goodale lost out to Michael Frisina for the starting job, and this season he could find himself in the same kind of position.
Unless he did some very good things in the offseason and is coming into camp with considerable improvement, he is most likely going to be the backup.
His competition is good, and you have to believe the coaching staff wouldn't have gone out and got a junior college player if they were confident in Goodale as the starter.
Rausa will come to Boise fresh off a very good freshman season at Riverside Community College. He went 15 of 20 on field-goal attempts with a longest of 48 yards and garnered all-conference honors, according to BroncoSports.com.
Rausa has a powerful leg, and decent accuracy. He is probably similar to Michael Frisina but with a bit more range.
Frisina was money from 30 yards or closer, and that formula worked out well for the Broncos in 2012. However, Rausa probably extends that range by at least 10 or even 15 more yards. That could be a real asset for the 2013 Boise State squad.
Redshirt freshman Sean Wale will most likely be the backup to senior punter Trevor Harman in 2013. Wale has a very good leg, and he is going to do some good things as a Bronco.
However, the same question remains for Wale when it comes to field goals. If the coaches were confident in Wale to kick field goals effectively why would they have gone out and grabbed Rausa?
Of course, that is what spring camp is all about. If Wale comes into camp and wows the coaching staff, he will be the guy.
Head coach Chris Petersen has always said that he loves competition. No player on the Broncos roster can show up and just expect to be the starter. He must earn it.
Look for Wale and Goodale to compete hard against Rausa for the opportunity to be the next Boise State field-goal kicker. It will be one of the most intriguing battles of the spring.
The fact that coaches went after a junior college guy speaks volumes. Look for Tyler Rausa to earn the edge this spring.